Monday, December 17, 2012

Year One. Day Three: "A Christmas Carol" (2009)

Day Three of my Advent Christmas Carol Challenge:

"A Christmas Carol" (2009)

Straight from the uncanny valley comes this utterly repellent version of the story.

Using motion capture animation, Jim Carrey portrays Scrooge and several other characters, and does so in a way that is so somehow both hammy and half-arsed.

The animation technique means that everyone looks extremely sinister at all times, with dead eyes lolling about in their heads as they try to emote.

It is impossible to root for any of these creatures as we cannot connect with them as humans. They are simply too odious to look upon with any sympathy - it is like watching a live action version of the film in which all the actors are wearing rubber masks of themselves.

For a movie that is supposed to be a story of a man finding his soul, it is a disaster if all of the characters look so completely soulless.

The ending is a total cop-out too. Rather than enjoying the redemption of Scrooge, the film tries to avoid all of the excessive sentimentality of the book by going for a slight finale. I'm sorry, but if you don't want to be sentimental, you really shouldn't be directing an adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

As expensive and depressing as Tiny Tim's medical bills.

"A Christmas Carol" (2009) 1/5

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